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SA alcohol sale bans only cut deaths if absolute

With partial prohibitions making little difference, a study has shown.
Image: Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg

A ban on alcohol sales as part of South African Covid-19 restrictions only cut deaths if they are absolute, with partial prohibitions making little difference, a study has shown.

During a hard lockdown between March and May last year, when alcohol was banned and movement severely restricted, unnatural deaths fell 49%, a study by researchers from the South African Medical Research Council and the University of Cape Town showed. An alcohol ban coupled with curfews of between four and seven hours cut deaths by 26%, according to the researchers.

“The study found no reduction in unnatural deaths when there were partial or no restrictions on the sale of alcohol” aside from a six-week period when alcohol sales were permitted but banned at restaurants and bars, Tom Moultrie, director of UCT’s Centre for Actuarial Research and lead author of the study, said in a statement. That restriction cut deaths by 13%, he said.

South Africa’s intermittent alcohol bans and restrictions since the start of the coronavirus pandemic have resulted in lawsuits being filed against the government by liquor companies, who claim the measures have cost thousands of jobs.

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I would have thought that this is self evident. South Africans generally don’t behave themselves when they have access to booze. So restricting purchases between certain times or limiting sales isn’t going to make much of a difference at all.

If the hospitals are full then a total alcohol ban, while unfortunate is necessary.

I doubt the ANC oligarchs bigwigs are having a dry spell

Almost certain that Cyril and Gwede are stocked up with Cristal champagne

Total ban only required because the ANC does not build hospitals or maintain them !!

Well the few drunks that cant behave should get what they deserve. You cant now punish the whole population?? Why even study it??

Why not study how many children went hungry because their parents work in the liquor industry because of these stupid bans. Parents of these children are 99.9% of the time not drunks. You cant run such a business being a drunk.

So get with it SA The couple of drunks taking up the odd hospital bed is not a problem. JUST ALLOW FOR THEM?? FFS!!!

Low Emotioal IQ *(Low cognitive ability + Testosterone + Alcohol) = Violence

Alcohol is less than 10% of the problems. It only allows the syndrome to manifest in the community. The truth is – some people should never have been born at all, and now that they are here, the same economic activity that keeps them alive is punished with lockdown.

This implies that the government did not solve the problem. They merely changed a violence issue into a famine issue. They shifted the current overcrowding at emergency wards to future overcrowding at soup kitchens.

The solution is Vaccinations, Not lockdowns. In 6 months we have managed to vaccinate roughly 3% of the population, its beyond ludicrous, yet, here we are, normal people, paying the price for the governments incompetence.

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